Mary Hoare is all set for her latest challenge

Age is but a number for Mary Hoare. The 80 year old, who lives in Cork, has signed up for Croí’s Virtual 5km Night Run which takes place on Friday October 8. This is Mary’s second time taking part as she also did the 5km event last year.

Mary was keen to support Croí and the work they do as she has had family members suffer cardiac problems in past. In February 2020, Mary’s son John suffered a heart attack while getting into his car. It was only due to the good fortune of a trained medic who was passing the scene that John was immediately attended to and made a full recovery after a number of months of care. Mary said, “John was very young and fit, then one morning he suffered a heart attack getting into his card and it was a very scary time for him but thankfully he is now fully recovered.”

The 5km distance will not be a problem for Mary as she recently completed both the Women’s Mini Marathon and the Cork Mini Marathon on the same day! The two events had a combined distance of 16km. While earlier this summer she completed 100 Miles in a Month for the Mater Hospital. Mary is also a regular at her local park run in Cork which have recently returned, “They are a great way to get you up and moving, some Saturdays you might not feel like it but once you come back you feel great that you did it.”

Ahead of International Day of Older Persons on October 1st Mary is very keen to encourage people to get up and stay active, “Exercise is a great way to keep active and keep moving, it is also great from a social side. Some older people stay in and don’t move, but I was always active. I am in walking group that meets every Monday and it is great to get out and meet up with people and get some exercise.”

Mary is looking forward to tackling the Croí Virtual Night Run on Friday, October 8th. Join with your family, friends or colleagues to run, walk or jog the 5km distance in aid of Croí.

Donegal Night Runner thanks Croí for support

Anita Lilly, from Ballyshannon in Donegal, was not very familiar with Croí when she first completed our Night Run virtually last year, however, Anita and Croí’s paths crossed months later when Anita’s father suffered a heart attack and needed to spend 10 days in coronary care. Anita stayed in our Courtyard Apartments, free accommodation for the families of loved-ones receiving heart or stroke care in Galway, so she could stay in Galway and be close to her father while he received care.

Anita says, “I was just amazed by this service and the work Croí do. The accommodation was so lovely and the staff were so caring.” Anita is all set to take part in the Night Run again this year on Friday, October 8th, and “every year going forward!”

Anita will be doing the Night Run again this year, and every year going forward, as Croí is now extremely significant to her and her family. She encourages others to take part in the Croí Night Run, on Friday, October 8th, to raise money for the work that Croí do. “It’s so important. They deserve every penny for the unbelievable work that Croí do”.

Learn more and register for the Night Run.

Croí’s Night Run returns virtually for a fun-filled 5km event!

Pictured at the launch of the 7th Annual Croí Night Run, from left, Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Director of Fundraising; Anita Lilly at Rossnowlagh Beach in Donegal – Anita recently stayed in the Croí Courtyard Apartments while her Dad received heart care in Galway; Edel McDermott, Corporate Key Account Manager with Irish Life Health (event sponsor); and Sharron Lynskey, Presenter with iRadio (event media partner).

Croí, the heart and stroke charity, is delighted to announce the 7th Annual Croí Virtual Night Run taking place on Friday, October 8, 2021! Join with your family, friends and colleagues to run, walk or jog a 5km in aid of Croí.

With thanks to our new sponsor Irish Life Health and our media partner, iRadio, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to supporting Croí services. This includes supporting our health and support programmes including Heartlink West (our free community phone line) and the Croí Courtyard Apartments, free to families in need while their loved ones receive heart or stroke care.

Following a hugely successful virtual event last year with participants taking place from all over Ireland and internationally, Croí encourages participants to take part in their own local area on Friday, October 8 at 8pm (or whatever time is most suitable, respecting safety and social distancing guidelines) and run, jog or walk a 5K.

Participants will receive a special Croí Night Run goodie bag, with a reflective Croí Night Run long-sleeve running top, virtual race number and a limited-edition Night Run “blinky heart” to wear on the night.

Speaking at the launch, Edel McDermott from Irish Life Health commented “We’re delighted to partner with Croí and take part in this 5k walk or run. At Irish Life Health, we’re really passionate about promoting the benefits of exercise and how it will help us live healthier lives.”

“We are excited to bring you a fun, virtual event for 2021! People living with heart disease and stroke need our support and services more than ever, and we are so grateful for your support of this fundraising event,” says Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Director of Fundraising.

Registration is now open at €25 for adults or €15 for youths over 12 years of age. Teams are also welcome – for more information, please contact Learn more and register now at